Archive for September, 2016

SUNY Canton Lecturer Makes a Case for Better Customer Service

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Christina LesykCustomer service is the key factor that will make or break businesses in the hospitality industry.

Christina Lesyk, a lecturer in the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts, has co-authored “Where Did Our Server Go? A Case of Service Failure in a College Hotel Restaurant,” to be published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases.

“The article is meant to present professional dilemmas, innovative ideas, best practices, and lessons learned from a hospitality and tourism standpoint,” Lesyk said. “The organizations most renowned for exemplary customer service plan for service failure and recovery. In hospitality, service is the product and today’s travelers are more experienced and demanding than ever.”

Lesyk is first author of the case study and collaborated with Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., her doctoral advisor at Iowa State University. Lesyk anticipates completing her Ph.D. in Hospitality Management in 2017.

The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases is published by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.

Over the summer, Lesyk also developed and taught a series of Frontline Hospitality Promotion workshops to increase regional tourism and repeat visitation.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Announces Newest Faculty Hires

Friday, September 30th, 2016

SUNY Canton welcomes more than a dozen new faculty members for the fall 2016 semester.

SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members at an orientation workshop. Pictured are (L to R) in the back row: Michelle Currier, lecturer, Criminal Justice; Kebbyn Giffin, adjunct instructor, Heating and Plumbing Service; Prabhjot Singh, adjunct instructor, Science; William A. Myers, assistant professor, Business Administration; Charles M. Russo, lecturer, Criminal Justice; and Martin J. Wimmer, adjunct instructor, humanities. In the front row are: Marcy L. Blackmer, instructor, Nursing; Ann E. Petroccione, instructor, Nursing; Summer Dorr, adjunct instructor, humanities; Holly A. Young, instructor, Nursing; Jenna R. Stutzman, lecturer, Nursing; Cynthia A. Eyler, adjunct instructor, Legal Studies; Ran Li, Assistant Professor, Accounting.

SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members at an orientation workshop. Pictured are (L to R) in the back row: Michelle Currier, lecturer, Criminal Justice; Kebbyn Giffin, adjunct instructor, Heating and Plumbing Service; Prabhjot Singh, adjunct instructor, Science; William A. Myers, assistant professor, Business Administration; Charles M. Russo, lecturer, Criminal Justice; and Martin J. Wimmer, adjunct instructor, humanities. In the front row are: Marcy L. Blackmer, instructor, Nursing; Ann E. Petroccione, instructor, Nursing; Summer Dorr, adjunct instructor, humanities; Holly A. Young, instructor, Nursing; Jenna R. Stutzman, lecturer, Nursing; Cynthia A. Eyler, adjunct instructor, Legal Studies; Ran Li, Assistant Professor, Accounting.

The college’s most recent appointments include:

  • Marcy L. Blackmer of Cranberry Lake was hired as an instructor in the Nursing Department.
  • David Button of Canton was appointed as a lecturer in the Business Department. Button previously served as an adjunct instructor at the college.
  • Michelle Currier of Massena was appointed as a lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department. Currier was formerly the director of library services at the college.
  • Jennie H. Flanagan of Hermon was appointed as a lecturer in the Business Department. Flanagan previously served as an adjunct instructor for the college’s Health Services Management program.
  • Christina Lesyk of Norwood was appointed as a lecturer in the Social Sciences Department, which includes the popular Applied Psychology program. Lesyk has been an adjunct instructor and has helped create courses related to hospitality.
  • Ran Li of Potsdam joins the college as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the Accounting program.
  • William A. Myers, Ph.D., of Marion was hired as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the Business Department.
  • Ann E. Petroccione of Canton was hired as an instructor for the college’s Nursing program.
  • Kibria K. Roman of Urbana, Ill., was hired as an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program.
  • Charles M. Russo of Stafford, Va., was hired as an instructor in the Criminal Justice program. Russo previously worked for the FBI.
  • Shuting Wang of Potsdam was hired as an instructor in the Business Department.
  • Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., of Canton was hired as an Assistant Professor and will be teaching in the Applied Psychology program.
  • Holly A. Young of Lisbon was hired as an instructor in the Nursing program.

The college also recently hired approximately 30 new professional or classified staff members and secured 11 new adjunct faculty positions.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Unveils Financial Literacy Center

Monday, September 19th, 2016

SUNY Canton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the establishment of the college’s Financial Literacy Center.

In operation for nearly a year, the center is located in Cook Hall and has been the site of numerous no-cost financial seminars and counseling services for community members, as well as high school and college students.

After a grand opening ceremony in SUNY Canton’s new Financial Literacy Center, President Zvi Szafran invited all the donors who made the project possible for a photograph. Pictured are (l to r) Jonathan Eng, North Country Savings Bank retail banking specialist; Todd R. Mashaw, a 1988 SUNY Canton alumnus and St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union president and CEO; Todd D. Green, Alesco Advisors chief investment officer; Elizabeth A. Pier, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union business and development manager; Linda L. Fay, SUNY Canton professor emeritus; Szafran; and Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm president and CEO.

After a grand opening ceremony in SUNY Canton’s new Financial Literacy Center, President Zvi Szafran invited all the donors who made the project possible for a photograph. Pictured are (l to r) Jonathan Eng, North Country Savings Bank retail banking specialist; Todd R. Mashaw, a 1988 SUNY Canton alumnus and St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union president and CEO; Todd D. Green, Alesco Advisors chief investment officer; Elizabeth A. Pier, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union business and development manager; Linda L. Fay, SUNY Canton professor emeritus; Szafran; and Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm president and CEO.

“This center fills a critical need, given the economic challenges of our region,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We now have a place where business leaders, educators and professionals can come together to provide a resource that serves the people of St. Lawrence County.”

Szafran also acknowledged the significant contributions from the center’s financial sponsors: Alesco Advisors, Daniel G. and Linda L. Fay, North Country Savings Bank, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, and the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“Their incredible support has made the Financial Literacy Center and Trading Lab possible,” he said.

Financial Literacy Center

Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Jondavid S. DeLong highlighted the programs the center has hosted during the past year, including free tax-preparation assistance and money management guidance for low-income community members; a financial literacy presentation for high school students in conjunction with BOCES; retirement seminars; and loan repayment advice for college students.

To date, the programs have served more than 120 community members, 500 high school students and 100 college students.

Another unique benefit of the center, DeLong added, is its value to augment classroom learning for SUNY Canton students. Those who have completed a tax preparation course in the fall semester assist community members with filing their income taxes in the spring.

“Our students will gain the practical experience they’ll need to get a job after they’ve graduated,” he said. “And at the same time help the community.”

Upcoming Financial Literacy Center programs include a “Mad City Money” experience in April 2017, where every high school student in St. Lawrence County will converge on SUNY Canton’s campus to participate in an education simulation game that gives them the opportunity to make adult financial decisions based on fictitious scenarios.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Trains Fourth Solar Ready Vets Class

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Twenty-three Army personnel stationed at Fort Drum graduated from the fourth U.S. Department of Energy’s national Solar Ready Vets training program Aug. 30.

Since the program began in January, 83 students have successfully completed the five-week course, which is taught by SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. The program aims to offer hands-on training to military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian professions.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Graduates have a 20-percentage point higher pass rate on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic entry-level exam, compared to the national average. Veterans are now working in the field as installers, sales representative and project managers for national and regional companies such as Solar City, SunPower, High Peaks Solar and Level Solar.

“Solar Ready Vets has opened a career opportunity that I had no prior knowledge of,” said Army veteran and program graduate William Harvey. “The excellent education I received from SUNY Canton’s instructors led to several employment offers in different areas of the solar field.”

The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first five cohorts. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in the first five classes.

The Solar Ready Vets program is nationally administered by the Solar Foundation. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu/crest, www.solarreadyveterans.org or contact Kevin McAdoo, Solar Ready Vets program coordinator, at mcado101@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, September 19th, 2016

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that are pertinent or informative; brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members.  Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before November 1, 2016, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, N.Y., 13617. Nominations via email can be sent to youngm@canton.edu.

The SUNY Canton College Council will announce the winner in the spring, and the award will be presented at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May. The recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was Thomas Coakley, retired vice president for administrative operations at St. Lawrence University and former Canton College Foundation Board administrator and member.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Moves Up and is Recognized for Diversity in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

US News RankingsSUNY Canton has moved up 21 spots and received a new mention for its student diversity in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings.

The college jumped from 44 to 23 on the list of Regional Colleges North rankings and was ranked 13 in Top Public Schools. It is noted among its peer universities and is one of only six SUNY colleges in the category.

“It’s tremendously gratifying to see the progress we make year-to-year in the U.S. News rankings,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are a diverse campus with a focus on applied learning and technology. It’s exciting to see more people become aware of our great academic programs and excellent learning environment.”

Miller Campus Center

 

New this year, the college was noted for its diverse student body. Approximately 28 percent of students at SUNY Canton identify as belonging to an ethnic minority group and 25 percent identify as an under-represented minority.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” noted Co-Chief Diversity Officer Lashawanda Ingram. “When you think about it, there is no better way for students to learn about different people than from others who share the same goals in higher education and in life.”

The college is planning on opening a diversity center later this year under the supervision of its two newly appointed co-chief diversity officers. Ingram, and Professor William T. Jones are overseeing the initiative.

U.S. News rankings are established using data provided by SUNY Canton. Eligible schools are ranked on key measures including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a testament to the excellent programs and services provided by faculty and staff across SUNY, and a reminder to our current and future students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree that will serve them well long after graduation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to SUNY Canton on this much-deserved recognition.”

Some of the college’s other new designations are available in the U.S. News’ “College Compass” which includes subscription only content.

SUNY Canton has previously been recognized by the publication, having earned a mention on the 2016 “Best Online Programs” list.  The college offers nine fully online bachelor’s degree programs in a number of disciplines, including finance, management, nursing and healthcare.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SBDC and ANCA Help Small Businesses Prepare to be Wholesalers

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgSmall businesses in the local area have a new opportunity to expand by selling their wares at wholesale to stores and retail outlets around the region.

Following a successful seminar last year, the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will be presenting “Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

Since selling wholesale is a new venture for many local artisans, crafts people and food producers, the two agencies are gearing up to help area businesses prepare to sell their goods at Buyer Days North on Sunday, Oct. 23. Buyer Days North is hosted by ANCA and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the chamber’s retail Craft, Food & Wine Show at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

“Many participants in the Craft, Food and Wine show have been successful at the retail event year after year,” said Brooke Rouse, Executive Director for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “For the second year in a row, we will also provide them the chance to step into the wholesale market.”

As a wholesale show, Buyer Days North presents a great platform to make contacts and sell to buyers from a number of retail establishments in one place. Those hoping to enter the wholesale market successfully must be prepared in order to avoid costly mistakes and make the most of their wholesale opportunities. Workshop topics will include how to evaluate if wholesaling is right for your business, how to price items for wholesale, setting wholesale policies, how to prepare for a wholesale show and booth design tips.

By partnering with ANCA, the chamber is able to offer a wholesale trade show with a proven track record. “ANCA has been hosting Adirondack Buyer Days for 30 years, drawing buyers from gift shops, restaurants, museum shops, farm stands and other independent retail outlets across Northern New York and New England,” said Lauren Richard, Buyer Days Show Coordinator for ANCA “The show is a great opportunity for vendors to access new markets, and for retailers to buy directly from artisans and learn the stories of their unique wares.”

“Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show” is targeted to vendors participating in ANCA’s Fall Buyer Days and the chamber’s Craft, Food & Wine Show, but is also open to other businesses that wish to learn about wholesaling. The workshop is free for vendors who are registered and paid for the Craft, Food & Wine Show. Cost is $10 for members of ANCA and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as well as SBDC clients, and $15 for all others.

Registration can be completed with ANCA online at http://bit.ly/2clIZx0.

For further information on the Fall Buyer’s Day contact ANCA at (518) 891-6200. For information on the Craft, Food & Wine Show, contact the chamber at (315) 386-4000. For information about the wholesale workshop, contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Faculty Member Places Second in National Competition

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

FennerA SUNY Canton faculty member found a new way to save his students money on classroom software.

Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., who teaches in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, recently took second place in the “CapsimCore Professor Challenge,” earning free business simulation software licenses worth $2,000.

Fenner competed against more than 240 college business professors from elite institutions across the country, including Duke University, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida and Pepperdine University.

The challenge was to field test CapsimCore, a new simulation software used to teach finance skills to students in entry-level business courses. According to the software’s developer, the program allows users to experience what it’s like to manage a business before taking advanced-level courses.

Over the course of two months, Fenner and the other professors were “CEOs” of manufacturing companies, making decisions about product lines, marketing tactics and production.

CapsimCore

“The simulation will be offered free to students enrolled in my Introduction to Business course during the 2016-2017 online Winterterm session,” Fenner said.

He added that another purpose of the field test was to demonstrate his willingness to complete any assignment he requires of his students.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Fulbright Scholar from New Zealand

Friday, September 9th, 2016

A respected academic leader from New Zealand has embarked upon an American educational adventure at SUNY Canton.

Caroline McCaw, Ph.D., who taught communication design at Otago Polytechnic, won a prestigious Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award to teach in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program. McCaw is currently living in Hermon with her two sons.

Caroline McCaw


Caroline McCaw, Ph.D., received a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award to teach in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program during the 2016-17 academic year.

SUNY Canton helped facilitate the Fulbright position, which will pay for McCaw’s 10-month stay. McCaw visited the college during the fall 2015 semester and presented as part of the visiting lecture series.

Her area of specialty includes examining the value of local art and design.

“A large part of New Zealand’s design identity relies on picturing ourselves in landscapes,” she explained. “I’m interested in the idea of design engaging more socially with landscapes.”

She is currently teaching an Arts of Oceania course and other graphic-design related classes.

SUNY Canton faculty members noted that McCaw’s research coincides with the North Country culture. “Much of what we create locally is based on envisioning ourselves amongst the beautiful and majestic scenery exclusive to our locale,” said Christopher Sweeney, associate professor and curriculum coordinator for the GMMD program. “Our students will benefit from her experience and unique vision.”

McCaw will be supplementing the program during Associate Professor Matthew Burnett’s sabbatical. Burnett has accepted a teaching fellowship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

New York Supreme Court Justice to Speak at SUNY Canton for Constitution Day

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Judge Caruso

New York State Supreme Court Justice Vito C. Caruso will be presenting at SUNY Canton at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton and the Office of the St. Lawrence County Attorney will be hosting New York State Supreme Court Justice Vito C. Caruso for its Constitution Day celebration.

Caruso will be presenting “The Constitution, its Origins – and its Future” at 1 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16) in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public and parking will be available in Lot 7 near French Hall.

“The Constitution, just those thin sheets of parchment, is all that that stands between us and anarchy and tyranny,” Caruso said. “Democracy and self-government are risky, but the experiment begun by our Founders some 250 years ago has proven, time and again, that the people are capable of governing themselves, that they can be trusted with the reins of power – and that our constitutions, state and federal, protect our cherished freedoms and individual liberties from encroachment by the government and the mob.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted constitutional issues have been prominent in the platforms and speeches of both presidential candidates, which makes its interpretations especially important for informed voters.

“The Constitution is the source of our rights and freedoms as American citizens,” Szafran said. “We are extremely fortunate that Judge Caruso will be sharing his knowledge and expertise to help our students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with this formative document.”

St. Lawrence County Attorney Stephen D. Button expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming presentation.

“SUNY Canton affords the town of Canton and the surrounding communities of St. Lawrence County with wonderful opportunities to experience top-notch speakers with real world experience,” Button said. “St. Lawrence County is pleased to be a part of the program and welcomes Judge Caruso to the North Country.”

Caruso was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1994. He was appointed as administrative judge for the Fourth Judicial District in June, 2004. The Fourth Judicial District is comprised of 11 counties (including St. Lawrence County) and is the largest geographic district in the state.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Schenectady County Bar Association, a board member of the New York State Greater Capital Chapter of the National Italian American Bar Association and a member of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court.

Caruso is a past district deputy of the New York State Elks Association, along with being a past exalted ruler and trustee of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge. He is also a member of the Order of Sons of Italy, Lodge 321, the Rotterdam Knights of Columbus, a former volunteer firefighter with Rotterdam District 2 Fire Company and a former chair of the Schenectady County Republican Committee. Justice Caruso is proud to have been the first recipient of the Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics from SUNY New Paltz and began his legal career in 1973, serving as law clerk to Assemblyman Clark C. Wemple of Schenectady. He continued in that capacity until 1977, when he was admitted to the New York State Bar.

Constitution Day is celebrated Sept. 17, commemorating the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. SUNY Canton holds at least one educational program corresponding with that day annually. In the past, the college has run essay and poster contests, and run voter registration drives.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.